Throughout the story, Huck faces a few difficult choices and has strenuous moral debates with his conscience involving the runaway slave named Jim. Jim was Huck’s temporary guardian’s slave that ran away because he heard that he was going to be sold down south for eight hundred dollars. After Huck makes his daring escape from his father, Huck runs into Jim on Jackson’s Island. Huck is faced with a dilemma of whether or not he should return Huck to his rightful owner. Huck promises to keep Jim’s escape a secret and says, “People would call me a low-down Abolitionist and despise me for keeping mum—but that don 't make no difference. I ain 't a-going to tell, and I ain 't a-going back there, anyways” (Twain 131). Assisting Jim now leads to further conflicts with society later on in the story. Eventually, Huck “realizes” that he did not help Jim escape, but has committed a crime equivalent of stealing the Widow Douglas’ slave. Once Jim bring up the fact that he is almost a freeman, Huck says, “My conscience...
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...going to adopt me and sivilize me, and I can 't stand it. I been there before” (Twain 281). The story concludes with this statement, and conveys that Huck has overcome the influence of society and has chosen to preserve his free will.
Throughout the story, Huck often faces problems and conflicts involving Jim’s escape to freedom and society trying to mold him into the proper person that Huck is not. Jim’s fleeing of slavery posed a moral altercation between Huck’s conscience and society on whether Huck was making the ethical choice by assisting Jim. Also, Huck battles with conformity as families try to take Huck in under their wing, and attempt to instruct Huck on virtuous behavior in the eyes of society. The main plot revolves around Huck choosing whether to take the path society would approve of, or the path that leaves Huck at peace with himself and his actions.
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